Beach Bum 101: Delicious Fruity Drinks You Should Sip on the Sand ...

I don't know about you, but I LOVE fruity drinks. One of my favorite parts of summer is sipping on the sweet fruity goodness of lemonade and cocktails. Are you planning a summer vacay this year? If so, you've got to try one of these fabulously fruity drinks as you soak up the sun!

1. Blueberry Mojito

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Ingredients:

1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
4 oz clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
juice of 2 limes
6 oz club soda
ice

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, puree blueberries until smooth.
Set aside.
Add mint leaves and sugar to a cocktail shaker.
Use a muddler (or the end of a wooden spoon) to muddle the mint and sugar.
Add the lime juice, rum and pureed blueberries: shake vigorously.
Pour ice and club soda into two tall glasses and then pour in rum mixture.
Gently stir.
Garnish with a lime wedge, extra blueberries and a sprig of mint.
Serve immediately.

*Recipe courtesy of The Novice Chef (thenovicechefblog.com)

2. Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Ingredients:

4 cups chilled, chopped and seeded watermelon (I use seedless watermelon to make things easier)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon or more honey, optional (if your watermelon isn’t sweet enough)
ice

Directions:

Add chopped watermelon, 1 cup water and lime juice to blender.
Blend on high until smooth.
Strain through a mesh colander, if desired.
Chill and serve over ice.

*Recipe courtesy of Angie McGowan/Babble (babble.com)

3. Strawberry Navel Orange Lemonade Spritzer

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Ingredients:

10 to 12 strawberries, hulled
6 Paramount Citrus lemons, peeled
2 Paramount Citrus navel oranges, peeled
24 to 32 oz. club soda or seltzer, cold
Strawberries or citrus slices for garnish

Directions:

Using a centrifugal juicer, feed in the strawberries, then the lemons and finally the oranges.
Stir the juice.
Pour ΒΌ of the juice into each of four 8 to 10 ounce glasses.
Add club soda or seltzer to fill each glass.
Garnish with fruit and serve.

*Recipe courtesy of Daily Squeeze (dailysqueeze.com)

4. My Three Suns (non-alcoholic)

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Ingredients:

2 cups orange juice
1 quart apple juice
1 pint strawberry sherbet

Directions:

Pour the orange juice and the apple juice into a large pitcher and stir well.
Fill tall frosted glasses with cracked ice, and add the juice.
Top each glass with a scoop of sherbet to serve.

*Recipe courtesy of Something Swanky (somethingswanky.com)

5. Cherry Limoncello Spritz

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Ingredients:

6 cherries (preferably black or sweet variety), pitted
3 fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons limoncello
Ice
Tonic water

Directions:

In a cocktail shaker or drinking glass, muddle the cherries and mint.
Add the limoncello.
Fill up the glass with ice.
Pour the tonic water, and stir gently.

*Recipe courtesy of Rowena Dumlao-Giardina/She Knows (sheknows.com)

6. Pink Grapefruit Margarita

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Ingredients:

1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
1 cup triple sec orange liqueur
3 cups ice
1 cup silver tequila
1 lime cut in wedges, optional Kosher salt.

Directions:

Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec and ice in a blender.
Pour into a large pitcher (or just keep it in the blender) and pour in the tequila, stir.

*Recipe courtesy of There Goes the Cupcake (theregoesthecupcake.com)

7. Peach-Thyme Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

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Ingredients:

3 fresh peaches, pits discarded, flesh roughly chopped
1 cup fresh juice from 10 to 12 lemons
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch salt
1 bunch thyme
3 cups cold water
1 quart ice
Peach slices and thyme leaves for garnish

Directions:

Combine peaches, lemon juice, sugar, and salt in a blender.
Blend on high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.
Meanwhile, place thyme in bottom of pitcher and lightly muddle with wooden spoon.
Strain peach puree through a fine mesh strainer into pitcher.
Discard solids.
Add cold water and whisk to combine.
Add ice.
Serve in ice-filled glasses garnished with peach slices and thyme leaves.

*Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats (seriouseats.com)

Make your summer more fruit-tabulous by sipping on one of these fruity concoctions. Better yet, sip on a few of them. Just don't try them all at once- you don't want to be drunk around the cabana boy!

Which of these fruity summer cocktails is first on your list to try?

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